BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. – Saratoga County Sheriff Michael Zurlo and Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy III say a Roman Catholic priest has been arrested.
Authorities say James Taylor, 30, has been charged with misdemeanor Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Taylor was arrested on Tuesday.
The Sheriff’s Office said that between October 2013 and April 2014, Taylor engaged in an ongoing course of inappropriate conduct with a 15-year-old Clifton Park female. Taylor, who is currently a priest for the Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Parish in Schenectady, is accused of having physical contact, telephone calls, and text messages and photos with the teenager.
Taylor allegedly met the girl when he was serving as a Deacon and Youth Minister for the Corpus Christi Church in Clifton Park.
He has been arraigned and released on his own recognizance to re-appear in the Town of Clifton Park Court at a later date.
An order of protection has been issued, barring Taylor from having any contact with the victim, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The investigation is ongoing. Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger placed Taylor on administrative leave immediately after his arraignment, and the Albany Diocese says it will cooperate fully with the investigation.
"We suspect that there may be other victims out there. While his name was James Michael Taylor, he went by Father Michael, which is how the public may know of him," said District Attorney Murphy.
The Diocese is in the process of informing the Diocesan parishes where Rev. Taylor served or resided.